East Ridge boys basketball: Raptors beat Wingers in OTJunior guard Paker Moquist hit a key 3-pointer in overtime as part of an 11-point night as East Ridge edged non-conference foe Red Wing 52-48 on the road last Tuesday.
By: Patrick Johnson, sports editor, South Washington County Bulletin
When East Ridge needed it, Parker Moquist gave his team a lift.
Moquist, a junior guard, hit a key 3-pointer in overtime as part of an 11-point night as East Ridge edged non-conference foe Red Wing 52-48 on the road last Tuesday. Tied 44-44 at the end of regulation with Red Wing, East Ridge (2-1) outscored the Wingers 8-4 in the extra frame to earn its second win of the 2012-13 season. Moquist’s late 3 sealed the win for the Raptors.
“Our defense is getting better, but rebounding continues to haunt us,” East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said. “Until we take pride in rebounding we will continue to struggle. But, I love the way we are sharing the ball, our points off assists are really getting a lot better.”
In the win over Red Wing (2-2), junior forward Brian Ishola led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds. It was the second time in two games he led the Raptors in scoring. In addition, sophomore point guard Sid Tomes scored 11 points, junior guard Jake Knupp tallied seven assists and junior forward Brad Simonson chipped in five rebounds.
East Ridge followed the win with a 69-62 loss to St. Louis Park in St. Louis Park on Friday. East Ridge found itself down by eight points at the break, and although the Raptors outscored the Orioles 36-34 in the second half, the deficit was too much to overcome.
In the game, Tomes led the way with a game-high 20 points, Knupp had 18 points and seven assists and Sexe chipped in eight points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds.
St. Louis Park (2-1) had 27 fast-break points in their victory.
“St. Louis Park’s fast break really hurt us,” Virgin said. “Some of that was due to being hurt and short two players (Moquist and Xavier Cole) but mostly we need to sprint back and find our man. You can bet we will be working on rebounding and getting back on defense this week.”
East Ridge continues its metro-area tour this week with stops in North St. Paul (1-2) on Wednesday and Minneapolis Southwest (0-2) on Friday, before kicking off the Suburban East Conference schedule at White Bear Lake (1-1) on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
“North St. Paul and Southwest are great programs with good coaches,” Virgin said. “We will have to continue to improve if we want a chance of competing with them.”